For lots of information about Yellowstone, including over thirty nuggets with pictures and information and a link to my blog, please go to: http://www.yellowstonetreasures.com.
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My association with Yellowstone goes back to early childhood days when my parents worked in Old Faithful Inn. My love of Yellowstone Park can be traced to memories of waiting for geysers to erupt, visiting with rangers, attending slide shows and sing-alongs in the amphitheater, playing hide-and-seek in the inn, and watching as my father assigned passengers to the big yellow tour buses.
Knowing about my connection to and love of the park is what led a friend to ask if I wanted to collaborate to update the long-popular Haynes Guides to Yellowstone (which went out of print in the 1960s). Although the friend soon dropped out of the project, the momentum took hold, and I was hooked!
Taking extended field trips once or twice a summer, reading, researching, and writing throughout the other seasons, I took five years to create Yellowstone Treasures, which was released in January 2002. A second, fully updated, edition of Yellowstone Treasures was published in 2005, and the new updated third edition in April 2009. "I plan to keep updating and marketing it as long as I can or until I am 80 years old--whichever comes first!" is my promise to myself and my readers.
When asked whether I really walked all the geyser routes and hiking trails described in the book, my answer is that I hiked on all the trails I recommend, some of them several times. I could never be in the park without walking around all of Upper Geyser Basin. Once I started out alone in an October snowstorm, but was soon joined by a bison. In summers, together with many friends and family members, I explored trails that I now recommend and a few others I don't. I recommend those that are not too strenuous--they are ways to get away from crowds and enjoy the Yellowstone that not everyone sees.
My husband, Bruno Giletti, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Brown University, contributed the geological history chapter to Yellowstone Treasures and wrote many of the geological sidebars that appear throughout the book, as well as taking the majority of the colored pictures.
Along with constantly updating and promoting Yellowstone Treasures, I continue researching and sharing my knowledge and love for the park by writing articles for the book's companion Web site, www.yellowstonetreasures.com. I am also completing two other books related to Yellowstone's history. My husband and I live near San Francisco but make frequent trips to "my" park.